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Boy With Heart Condition Finds Healing Thanks To Love

Story By: Larry Stine

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  Original Published: 8/17/2014

A Pennsylvania boy born with a broken heart is learning love can heal wounds. Noah Weber will bounce from one thing to the next. "We used to have a pool in the backyard," he says. "Huge." An active 8-year-old boy, he doesn't like to sit still. "It's a baby bearded dragon," he says. "He's nice. He's a girl!" For as energetic as he is, you wouldn't know he was born with a rare congenital heart defect. At birth, doctors told his parents to prepare to say goodbye. He's since had four open heart surgeries, all before his eighth birthday. That's where she comes in. "Is she your girlfriend?" asks WTAE reporter Kelly Brennan. "Yeah, she's 16, ha!" Noah answers. A high school student, eight years his senior. Ariel Nelson goes to Woodland Hills. She takes dance lessons with Noah's older sister. That's how she came to meet Noah, who fell in love at first sight. For the last year, they've been best friends. She was his only request after major heart surgery in November. "Your hair was in my face," Noah tells Ariel. Noah takes his role as boyfriend seriously. "He got me this," Ariel says, displaying a ring on a chain around her neck. "A real one for like 10 or 50 dollars, I don't know," Noah says. He even surprised Ariel during her dance recital. "At the end I was waiting for the curtains to close and it was just like is there a malfunction," Arial says. This wasn't a malfunction. This was Noah's doing. In a few months, Ariel is hoping her high school will let her take Noah to the homecoming dance. "Everyone should deserve to get a chance to go to their homecoming and dress up for school," Ariel says. "We don't know what his condition's going to be in the future so we said hey I'm gonna be a junior this year, why not take him?" "He's had a lot of mental health issues through the years too where he was very aggressive and angry and she has brought out a very special, loving little boy that was inside of him," says Virginia Weber, Noah's mother. "She's so wonderful." "This is how you gotta dance there," says Ariel as she dances with Noah. For a kid who doesn't like to dance, with her, Noah wouldn't miss a beat.

   
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